Seven Things We Learned From the Health Care Debacle

Minutes after the most dramatic political defeat of his presidency, Donald Trump made two things clear: (1) he was actually relieved (rather than angry) that the repeal/replace bill was dead and, (2) was basically giving up on the issue that conservatives had hammered on for the last seven years. 
 
It was an extraordinarily revealing moment, among many this week. Let’s review what we learned:
 
Donald Trump is not the closer. 
 
Clearly, they didn’t teach “The Art of the Political Deal,” at Trump University.
 
Nobody, Trump famously informed us a few weeks ago, knew how complicated health care was. Apparently, also nobody knew that cutting real estate deals wasn’t the same thing as crafting a political deal.